Although this depends on the time of year I shall give you a snapshot of what happened today. Today may not be typical of most days, but as of lately, this is my life. I woke up about 6:30, panicked as always, that I missed my alarm for school. I did not miss it as I am not attending school due to summer. I roll over and try to fall back asleep. I can’t. I lie in bed thinking about different topics until 8:30. Most of my thinking occurs in the morning after waking up before my alarm. By 8:45 I’m in the shower and by 9 I’m dressed for work. I had an early shift so I was running behind. I got in my car and drove off to work. On my way, I stopped at TOPS to pick up a protien shake and a Clif Bar to eat for breakfast. I got to work and sat in my car enjoying my sad little breakfast. I had already brushed my teeth prior to leaving, so I enjoyed a mint and a Listerine breath strip to kill my breath. I clocked in around 10:15 and walked to the ‘Hut.’ My day officially begins around 10:45. I take out equipment, get ready go through the meeting and get on stand. At 11 all hell breaks loose as they open the gates to the public. I’m a lifeguard.
At 12 I get a 30 minute break and when I get back on stand we rotate until I am at the position before break. Come to find out, 10 people called in, therefore we get frozen in place. I don’t get a break until 5 pm and it’s a 5 minute bathroom break. All of the bathrooms have a line acrossed the way, meaning that it would be about 30 minutes before I got to use one. So I go back on stand, hungry and still having to go. Two hours later we finally close for the night, and I get audited. For seven hours I was stuck in a roaming circling position watching the water. As in circling in an area smaller then a pizza for seven hours making a complete circle of a huge area in less than ten seconds, and then repeating it, over and over, for seven hours, minus the 5 min break.
Today I got out early. My hip was so sore, my feet are burnt and blistered on the hot concrete that when I get home I’m limping so badly that both of my legs are beyond lame. I go to bed early around ten, and then spend two hours pondering life. This is about the typical day for me as a life guard, although I started late and ended early today.